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EPA hosting webinar for state and local governments on December 12 to discuss WOTUS rewrite

On December 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will be hosting a webinar for state, local and tribal partners to discuss progress the agencies have made in developing a new rule on the definition of “Water of the United States” (WOTUS). Only state, local government and tribal officials – or their associations – are permitted to join the webinar.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, December 12 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST. All attendees must pre-register for the webinar.

During the webinar, the agencies will provide updates on several key aspects of the WOTUS rulemaking process. First, the agencies will update state and local partners on their proposal to change the implementation dates of the 2015 WOTUS rule, which would allow the agencies more time to repeal and replace the 2015 rule.

Participants will receive an update on the agencies’ proposal, known as Phase One, to reinstate the WOTUS regulations that were in place prior to the 2015 WOTUS rule. NACo, along with the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors, submitted comments on this proposed rule outlining counties’ concerns with the 2015 rule and calling for robust cooperation with local governments as the agencies move forward.

Additionally, the agencies will discuss their progress to rewrite the WOTUS definition, often referred to as Phase Two. As part of this discussion, the agencies will also share feedback they have received from various stakeholders.

Counties are encouraged to participate in this webinar to receive the most recent updates on the WOTUS rewrite from the EPA and the Corps. NACo has been engaging with both Congress and the administration throughout the rulemaking process regarding counties’ concerns with the 2015 WOTUS rule and its impact on county-owned public safety infrastructure, and will continue to work closely with the federal government as this process unfolds to ensure the needs and interests of America’s counties are reflected in any final rule.